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Captain Britain and MI13 - Vol. 3: Vampire State Paperback – September 23, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Captain Britain and MI13 (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785139524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785139522
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Initially training to be a lawyer, Mike had always wanted to tell stories in pictures. Driven by a love of comics and animation he abandoned the life of a bewigged barrister and instead has spent the last 25 years writing and drawing adventures featuring the most iconic heroes in the US, UK and Europe.

For Marvel Comics he's drawn the X-Men, Sub-Mariner and most recently contributed to a Hugo nominated Captain Britain Graphic Novel 'Vampire State'. He's drawn Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash amongst others, for DC Comics. For both companies, he's written and drawn graphic stories featuring the many incarnations of Star Trek. In the UK he's been the main artist on the relaunched Doctor Who franchise, recently drawing the first BBC commissioned graphic novel Only Good Dalek, working with long time Doctor Who novelist Justin Richards.

For Norway, he's the artist on the Varg Veum series of graphic novels, written by the character's creator Gunnar Staalesen.

He's also author of the first Welsh language graphic novel Y Mabinogi, itself an adaptation of an animated feature based on the Welsh myth cycle. Outside of comics, he's also written for the Star Trek book series - 'Starfleet Corps of Engineers'.

Based in Cardiff, Wales his studio is a stone's throw away from The Rift featured in the Torchwood TV series. Often, after a day spent drawing the comic book adventures of Doctor Who he finds himself walking through the filming of the actual show.

As a storyboard artist, Mike has worked on many pre-school shows, Bobinogs; Claude; Cym Teg; Fireman Sam; Grandpa In My Pocket; Hana's Helpline; Igam Ogam and more. He storyboarded the BAFTA nominated short Day On The Beach, and recently worked on storyboards for the Ultramarines CGI movie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
With this third volume, Paul Cornell's "Captain Britain and MI13" unfortunately comes to an end. Forewarned, Paul Cornell and his principal artist, Leonard Kirk, have indeed devised a suitable finale for the series, which in a span of 15 issues (an an annual) became one of my favourite properties recently published. This trade paperback collects issues 10-15 of the ongoing series, as well as the Annual tying into the story. Some spoilers follow, so take care.

The first two arcs of the series, "The Guns of Avalon" and "Hell Comes To Birmingham", while functioning as standalone stories, are also prologues to this climactic arc: due to a number of subplots and plot elements set up in previous stories (one fairly late-stage development makes little sense unless you've read "Hell Comes To Birmingham"). As revealed on the closing pages of the previous volume, the villain of this arc is none other than Dracula, the arch-villain of the famous 1970s Marvel series "Tomb of Dracula" (and, obviously, one of the most iconic figures in western literature). He is now planning an invasion of the United Kingdom, with an army of vampires at his command, and MI13 in his sights. Among his allies is the resurrected Baron Blood, son of MI13 member Spitfire.

Given how pervasive Dracula is in global pop culture, if one is planning to use him in a new story it really helps to have a reasonably unique take on him. While not completely new (there is precedent in, among other things, "Tomb of Dracula" itself, though that's been out of publication for decades), Cornell's version of Dracula, a brilliant strategist and general with a large army at his command, is quite different from most depictions, where he might have a handful of helpers and specialize in abducting individuals to feed on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on October 25, 2012
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Vampire State was one of the more ambitious stories Marvel had put out at the time, building up from the past two story arcs while trying to give closure from the sudden cancellation. It managed both spectacularly (and was even nominated for a Hugo Award). Dracula and his army (which includes Steve Gerber's creation Captain Fate and characters like Lilith) plan the invasion of Britain while opposed by MI 13 and Dr. Doom watches and manipulates the situation in his favour. One of the most amazing scenes in the series was the meeting between Dr. Doom and Dracula...on the Moon. Plot twists abound throughout the series and many fan favourites re-appear for cameos including Dark Angel, Digitek, and best of all Death's Head. The series ends on a distinctly British note and it's a shame it couldn't last longer. Its further a shame that Marvel didn't show respect even after the series ended, by ignoring parts in order to have an extremely poor and forgettable x-men vs. vampires storyline. Still with the three trades of the series, we can appreciate was we do have.
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By MGG on February 18, 2015
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Very well done. Great reading
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